I've been there

Jon LaMotte
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

Addiction has devastated most of my adult life. I've lost everything materially several times over. Here I am at 61 starting over again. But that is not the tragic part. The alienation from my siblings, then my children, and now my grandchildren has been the worst. It is very difficult looking back at all I missed with my family.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

Let me help! I am a disabled veteran living on a fixed income so I cannot give much monetarily, however I do have lots and lots of free time! I'm here and I love to volunteer my time for this cause. I can write pretty well as have experience in public speaking on addiction.

As a recovering addict I understand the importance of getting involved in my recovery. The need for affordable treatment alternatives, and ending the stigma placed on us by society as criminals with no self control. I am currently 22 months and 2 days clean from methamphetamine. I am very fortunate that i was able to utilize a very effective treatment program through the Veterans Administration. Unfortunately many others do mot have this or any other affordable alternatives. Cuts to the Affordable Care Act will only make things worse. It has been my experience that people who have access to treatment stand a much greater chance for recovery. If I can volunteer and lead just one fellow addict to a new life it is so worth it. If I can help in any way... use me up!!!!